A woman from the Portland area who was mistakenly released from the Jackson County Jail last month has admitted she deceived jail staff by assuming the identity of another inmate called for release.
Emily Ashton Fasel, 23, was sentenced to three years of probation and 40 hours of community service Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court, following guilty pleas to a felony count of second-degree escape and misdemeanor second-degree theft in her June 10 escape, according to Deputy District Attorney Melissa LeRitz.
Fasel’s two-day escape began June 10, when she posed as 19-year-old Makila Kay Singer of Trail, a low-risk inmate lodged on misdemeanor drug and third-degree theft charges who’d been called for release because of overcrowding. Fasel left the jail wearing Singer’s clothing and personal items, according to court documents and earlier news reports.
Within two days of her escape, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force recaptured Fasel at a hotel in the Grants Pass area, according to earlier reports.
Fasel was among early inmates classified as a Chronic FTA (failure to appear) offender as part of a new Jackson County Sheriff’s Office program that’s received buy-in from courts and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.
Inmates classified by police and prosecutors as a Chronic FTA offender are excluded from any early release lists. Fasel, who has a Portland address listed in court records, reportedly missed more than 70 Jackson County court appearances in a string of drug-possession arrests that occurred between 2014 and 2016.
Fasel closed the handful of long-pending felony drug charges against her by pleading guilty to three felony counts of heroin and methamphetamine possession, and she has the opportunity to have her charges expunged if she completes terms of her probation such as drug and alcohol treatment, according to LeRitz.
Jackson County Circuit Judge David Hoppe separately ordered her to repay any restitution involved in the cases, according to LeRitz and court records. Earlier reports listed the cost of Singer’s phone as $230, but LeRitz said restitution amounts are still being compiled.
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